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NBA Schedule 2020: News, Odds, Playoff Standings
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The 2020 NBA season is just a few days away from tipping off again after being shut down for more than four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league invited 22 teams in contention for a spot in the 2020 NBA Playoffs to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World, Florida to partake in eight “seeding” games—which will bring a long-delayed conclusion to the regular season—that begin on July 30 and the subsequent postseason that is set to start on August 17. This will also mark a return of domestic pro basketball gambling, something sportsbooks are capitalizing on by putting a litany of betting options up on the board for fans to wager on ahead of the season restart. These not only include game lines and totals, but also a wide variety of props that range from standard futures bets—which team will win the 2020 NBA Finals, who will win the league MVP Award—to more exotic fare related to the Orlando bubble and if the league will be able to wrap up the season without another delay.

Right now the plan is to keep the standard NBA Playoff format in place—eight teams from each conference competing in four rounds of best-of-seven series that will culminate in October with an NBA Finals champion being crowned—meaning seven teams will be sent packing from the bubble before the postseason begins in less than three weeks. 12 squads already clinched a postseason berth prior to the shutdown—six from both the East and West—and will be jockeying for better seeding, while the remaining 10 teams will all be vying for the four spots in the 2020 NBA Playoff bracket that are still up for grabs.

You can find a bulleted rundown of the 2020 NBA restart schedule below:

2020 NBA Season Restart Schedule
July 30-Aug. 14: 2019-20 season resumes with seeding games
Aug. 15-16: Play-in tournaments take place
Aug. 17: Playoffs begin
Aug. 25: NBA Draft Lottery
Aug. 31-Sept. 13: Conference semifinals
Sept. 15-Sept. 28: Conference Finals
Sept. 30: NBA Finals begin
Oct. 13: Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
Oct. 16: 2020 NBA draft
Oct. 18: Free agency begins at 6 p.m. ET
Dec. 1: Opening night for 2020-21 season

The league did add a unique wrinkle in how it will determine the No. 8 seed for each conference, implementing a small “play-in tournament” that will be triggered if a No. 9 team finishes the campaign within four games of the team ahead of it in the 2020 NBA standings. The challenging squad would be able to overthrow the No. 8 seed if it wins both contests in what is effectively a best-of-two series that the better seed needs just a single victory to end. The chances of at least one of these matchups taking place are rather good, with bookmakers indicating the Western conference is far more likely to see a play-in battle than the other.

A quick glance at the standings will show the reason for this discrepancy, as there are three teams in the West that are currently within four games of Memphis Grizzlies—the team that would be seeded No. 8 if the 2020 NBA Playoffs began today—and five clubs in total that could close the gap, while the East has a six-game gulf separating the No. 8 Brooklyn Nets and No. 9 Washington Wizards, the only potential challenger in the conference. Here is a look at the full 2020 NBA season standings for the 22 teams still in contention ahead of the restart:

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NBA Standings 2020
Seed, Team, W/L Record, Games Back. * = Clinched playoff berth

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks, 53W/12L, 0 GB*
Toronto Raptors, 46W/18L, 6.5 GB*
Boston Celtics, 43W/21L, 9.5 GB*
Miami Heat, 41W/24L, 12 GB*
Indiana Pacers, 39W/26L, 14 GB*
Philadelphia 76ers, 39W/26L, 14 GB*
Brooklyn Nets, 30W/34L, 22.5 GB
Orlando Magic, 30W/35L, 23 GB
Washington Wizards, 24W/40L, 28.5 GB

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers, 49W/14L, 0 GB*
Los Angeles Clippers, 44W/20L, 5.5 GB*
Denver Nuggets, 43W/22L, 7 GB*
Utah Jazz, 41W/23L, 8.5 GB*
Oklahoma City Thunder, 40W/24L, 9.5 GB*
Houston Rockets, 40W/24L, 9.5 GB*
Dallas Mavericks, 40W/27L, 11 GB
Memphis Grizzlies, 32W/33L, 18 GB
Portland Trail Blazers, 29W/37L, 21.5 GB
New Orleans Pelicans, 28W/36L, 21.5 GB
Sacramento Kings, 28W/36L, 21.5 GB
San Antonio Spurs, 27W/36L, 22 GB
Phoenix Suns, 26W/39L, 24 GB
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